If you’ve been having withdrawal symptoms since the close of MotoGP racing in 2018, fret not. The 2019 racing season is almost upon us and the MotoGP race schedule has been released.

The number of rounds and sequence of circuits remains as it was in 2018, with 19 races, the first being Qatar on the 8, 9 and 10 March. This will be followed by Argentina GP and the Americas, before the MotoGP circus moves to Europe.

Moving into autumn, racing begins on this side of the world, kicking off with the Thai GP on 6 October in Buriram. Racing then heads to Japan and Australia before landing in Malaysia on 3 November in Sepang for the penultimate race of 2019.

The final round of the 2019 MotoGP calendar takes place in Valencia on 17 November. For Malaysian race fans, Hafizh Syahrin will be the one to watch in 2019, racing for KTM Tech 3. The other Malaysian in the top level of motorcycle racing is Khairul Idham Pawi with Petronas Sprinta Racing in Moto2.

Petronas has teams competing in all three categories – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 – with the unveiling of the new Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team next week along with Petronas Sprinta Racing that will be competing in Moto2 and Moto3. Third Winter Test takes place at Sepang International Circuit on 6 February before the final test at Losail, Qatar on 23 February.